A militant group known as Niger Delta Avengers have reacted to President Muhammadu Buhari‘s statement concerning dealing with pipeline vandals like Boko Haram terrorists. The President made the statement while addressing the Nigerian Community in China last week during his working visit to the country. Click here if you missed it
“We are not deterred by such threats as we are highly spirited and shall continue blowing up pipelines until the Niger Delta people are no longer marginalized by the Nigerian actors,” Reuters quoted them as saying.
The group claims to be fighting for the rights of the people of the Niger Delta and stated that the government cares more for the oil in the region than the hardships the members of the communities face as a result of oil exploration.
They also claimed responsibility for the attack on a Shell underwater pipeline in February which interrupted oil flows and forced the company to shut down its 250,000 barrel-a-day Forcados export terminal for weeks.
They also said in their statement, “We take no pleasure in claiming innocent lives hence our struggle is geared toward attacking the oil installations in our region and not the people. And we shall stop at nothing until our goal is achieved.”